China 101: All you need to succeed in the Middle Kingdom
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China 101: All you need to succeed in the Middle Kingdom

The secrets of China revealed! All you need in order to live, travel or do business successfully in the Middle Kingdom.
4.6 (12 ratings)
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575 students enrolled
Created by Thibaut Desmons
Last updated 12/2014
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the ways of thinking and cultural habits of Chinese people
  • Apply the knowledge to real-life situations in China such as: social events, eating out, business meetings, etc.
  • Be familiar with different points of interest in the country, as well as many tips and tricks to have a great time traveling in China.
  • Know the DOs and DONTs and the steps to follow in order to successfully close deals with Chinese business partners.
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  • No prior knowledge about China is required to take this course. We'll cover the essentials throughout the lectures.
  • You don't need to live (or have been) in China to enjoy this course and learn practical tips that can even help you for remote interactions (emails, phone calls, etc) with China.
  • If you do happen to live in (or go to) China, try to apply the knowledge as much as possible in order to reinforce the learning process.


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Learn about Chinese people’s ways of thinking, habits and expectations and get great results in all your projects in China!

Make The Most Of Your “China Experience” With All The Practical Tips Included In China 101.

  • Learn practical knowledge based on my 6 years of experience living in China
  • Know how to approach Chinese people and gain their trust
  • Overcome culture shock and avoid cultural mistakes
  • Build strong business relationships with Chinese partners
  • Discover the rules of Chinese social and business etiquette
  • Get practical solutions to common problems you’ll encounter in China
  • Find out the best places to visit in China
  • Get the tools to start understanding Chinese language

All the secrets of China revealed!

With China becoming the first economic power in the world, it’s inevitable that interactions between China and the West will keep increasing over the next few years. Whether you live in or outside of China, it is very likely that you will have (or already have) Chinese suppliers, distributors or investors. Understanding their way of thinking and being familiar with their customs and habits will help you a lot to succeed in any project related to China that you might be involved in.

I moved to China in 2008, with no prior knowledge about the country, its language or its people. Four years later, based on the solid network of relations (guanxi) that I had managed to build, I started my own company and became one of the few foreign entrepreneurs able to succeed in China. Now I’ve put together all the things that I’ve learned and created this course to share this knowledge let others benefit from my experience. I’ve tried to include as many examples as possible and all are based on real life situations that I came across.

Altogether I’m sure you’ll find this information useful and that it will help you optimize your chances of success in China!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anybody working / living / traveling in China.
  • Worldwide business people who have Chinese suppliers/distributors/partners.
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Curriculum For This Course
14 Lectures
T.I.C - This Is China
3 Lectures 12:59

I’ll introduce myself and go over the broad topics we’ll cover in the course. I’ll also touch on why the course will help students, and what they’ll get out of it once they’ve completed it.

Preview 01:56

A few key-numbers to illustrate the scale and complexity of China

China in numbers

Core values influenced by the 3 main religious ideologies:
- Buddhism

What's in their head? - Core values of the Chinese society

Test your knowledge regarding the content of the two previous lectures.

This is China: the quiz
11 questions
Your practical guide to Chinese culture
4 Lectures 26:41

- Greeting
Using names
- Small talk
- Body language
- General attitude

Socializing - How to make friends

Chinese cuisines and dining etiquette.

Preview 07:07

Main holidays and festivals celebrated in China:
- Spring festival
- Mid-autumn festival
- Dragon boat festival
Tomb sweeping festival
- National holiday

Festivals - When and how to celebrate?

- Characters
- Grammar
- Tones
- Pinyin

Why Chinese language is not that complicated

Test your knowledge of Chinese culture and social etiquette.

Chinese culture: the quiz
14 questions
Traveling in China
2 Lectures 08:09

My top five places to visit in China.

Where to go?

Pros and cons of different means of transportation in China.

How to get around?

Test your knowledge about traveling in China!

Traveling in China: the quiz
7 questions
Working with China
4 Lectures 20:55

Why China is different and complex

Preview 03:13

Requirements for a good preparation.

DOs and DONTs for your first meeting with Chinese partners

Where to start? How to create a connection and build trust?

DOs and DONTs for your second meeting with Chinese partners

Principles to follow for successful negotiations

How to close a deal? - The keys to successful negotiation in China

What you must do after you closed your first deal with Chinese partners

Follow up!
Wrap up
1 Lecture 03:59

Comparing main trends in both countries in terms of:

  • Decision process
  • Confidence
  • Focus
  • Contracts
  • Business meals
  • Eye contact
  • New ideas
  • Motivation
  • US vs Chinese business habits
    About the Instructor
    Thibaut Desmons
    4.6 Average rating
    12 Reviews
    575 Students
    1 Course
    Trainer and consultant

    Having worked in China for 6 years as a trainer and consultant in cross cultural communication, my role was to be the link between Chinese and foreign companies and facilitate their business relationships.

    Work experience:

    - Managing Partner of the Hong Kong consulting company: Occidental Vision

    - Soft skills trainer for top firms in China such as Huawei, Tencent and Wanke.

    - HR Project Manager for OTIS Elevators Co. and EDF (French National Electricity Company)

    About me:

    After obtaining a Masters Degree in HR Management from the Sorbonne Graduate Business School in Paris, I worked in HR for two years and then decided to move to China, in 2008. There, I delivered corporate trainings on topics such as: cross cultural communication, HR management and foreign language development skills.

    In 2012, I co-founded a consulting company in Hong Kong and then had the opportunity to work with some of the top firms in China and also some government entities.

    From this experience, I learned a lot about the specificities of the Chinese culture and was regularly invited as a guest on TV and radio programs to discuss the cultural differences between China and the West.

    Now, I moved back to Europe and am willing to share my knowledge with all the individuals and companies that have (or want to have) a connection with China. This is why I have developed a training course about China, based on my personal experience.

    I'm also passionate about traveling and have already visited over 30 countries.